Julius Wasem & Sohne: The winery sits in Ingeheim, Germany's premier address for red wines. Charlemagne brought Pinot Noir vines here more than 1,000 years ago.
Siegrist: Thomas Siegrist took over the estate from his parents and immediately earned a reputation for winery and vineyard innovation in the southern Pfalz.
Barth: Aside from growing vines in some of the Rheingau's most famous vineyards, the estate is well known for its stellar sparkling wines, or Sekt.
Blees Ferber: The Goldtröpfchen vineyard has long put the winegrowing community of Piesport on the global map. It is one of the most famous sites along the Mosel.
* Select wines will soon be available in 750ml.
From the steep slate and shale banks along the Mosel to the pristine, castle-crowned vineyards of the Rheingau and the rolling hills of Rheinhessen, Germany produces some of the world's most underrated wines. Discover German wine tradition with wines from four of the country's 13 wine regions, or anbaugebiete. As the German saying goes, "Drink wine and you will sleep well. Sleep and you will not sin. Avoid sin and you will be saved. Ergo: Drink wine and be saved."
2008 Gutzler Weine Blanc de Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)
This Trocken (dry) Blanc de Noir is very light in color, lean, and racy, with a medium body and exceptional viscosity. It is reminiscent of Champagne without the bubbles. Strawberry, cranberry, and flint. Pair it with shellfish, poultry, salmon, trout, and rich dishes.
2009 Wasem Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)
From the Ingelheimer Sonnenhang Vineyard of the Rheinhessen, this QmP (quality wine with distinction) was grown on sandy loess and clay soil. It has a silky smooth texture, with a round palate and dry finish. Berry, plum, and lavender. Pair it with French or Italian cuisine, or hearty meat dishes.
2008 Siegrist Domfelder (Pfalz, Germany)
Grown on calcareous loess and clay soil, this Qualitätswein dry Dornfelder from the Pfalz region shows that Germany makes beautiful wines other than Riesling. It is fresh, smooth, and easy to drink, and will especially appeal to lovers of lighter red wines. Cranberry, redcurrant, tart cherry, and clove. Pair it with red meat, pork, and poultry.
2010 Barth Charta Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)
Grown on loess and loam soil, the Barth Trocken (dry) Riesling has been a Qualitätswein, or quality wine, since 1983. It is very fruity and racy, extremely well-balanced, and designed as an ideal food accompaniment. Blossom, honey, peach, and candied citrus. Pair it with sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, or trout.
2011 Blees Ferber Hochgewächs Riesling (River Bend Vineyard, Mosel, Germany)
A Hochgewächs QbA quality wine from one of Germany's 13 official growing regions, from the Leiwen region of Mosel, this Riesling is off-dry and very well-balanced. It is a handcrafted gem that is 100% grown and produced by winemaker Stefan Blees. Melon, citrus, pear, and stone fruit. Pair it with chicken, pasta, fish, shellfish, and bold and spicy cuisine.
2010 Weinbiet Kabinett Gewürztraminer (Pfalz, Germany)
A Kabinett level wine from the Mußbacher Eselshaut vineyard in the warm Pfalz region of Germany, this Leiblich (semi-sweet) Gewürztraminer is grown on sandy soil with limestone and clay components. Rose, lychee, peach, and white pepper. Pair it with spicy Thai or Chinese cuisine.